Does Cancer Show on a X-Ray?

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Cancer shows up on certain types of medical X-rays, making it an essential tool in detecting cancer, according to Cancer Research UK. X-ray radiation poses some health risks, but the potential diagnostic and preventive benefits typically outweigh the risks of the radiation.

Cancer Research UK states that mammography is the type of medical imaging test involving X-ray use that is utilized to detect breast cancer. Some cancers are detected through computed tomography. The average person has a one in three risk of developing cancer. While medical X-rays contribute a relatively minuscule amount to this risk, people should avoid unnecessary X-rays. Young patients are at higher risk of radiation-induced cancers than patients ages 17 to 69. Those over 70 are at very low risk of developing these cancers.